Latest News

The return of a treasure

A greenstone adze which was lost on the very day Captain James Cook’s Endeavour sailed New Zealand’s east coast in 1769, has found it’s way back to its owners after being ‘lost’ for 248 years. I was present at an emotional...... Read More

Kaipara house values increase

House values in the Kaipara district rose by 24.3 per cent in the last 12 months to June meaning the average house price in the area is now $520,852 the highest in Northland. Quotable Value registered valuer James Steele said the strong growth in values...... Read More

A sense of community

Aranga School has observed many Matariki celebrations in its 112-year history and this year pupils spent the last two weeks of the school term experiencing hands-on learning about Matariki and celebrating their theme of family. Aranga School parent helper,...... Read More

Mud run extravaganza

A fundraiser for the top senior netball team at Otamatea High School will be the first if it’s kind on Heathdale Farms on July 23. Co-organiser Kim Allen is no stranger to hosting fundraising events on her property including the Marohemo horse...... Read More

Green light for emergency building

The Tinopai Volunteer Emergency Services now have a building consent for their emergency services centre to get underway but need help raising the extra funds to get started. Once the building is complete it will house the Tinopai rural fire truck, accident...... Read More

Looking for new members

The Dargaville Badminton club meets every Thursday morning, 10am in the Dargaville town hall and they are looking for new players. “For many years women and lately also men have kept Thursday mornings free and have enjoyed two hours of camaraderie...... Read More

Kaipara Schools

It’s the July School holidays which also means it’s half way through the year. So what have our Kaipara Schools been up to?   Year 5-8 students from Tangiteroria School attended the Junior Tough  Guy/Girl Challenge in Helensville...... Read More

Mid-winter gala dinner

The Paparoa Community Charitable Trust is organising a mid-winter gala community dinner on Saturday, July 22, to publicise its Paparoa Lifestyle Village project and “provide a burst of mid-winter cheer for the community.” Updates and information...... Read More

Students sleeping rough

Dargaville High School Students recently went to the ‘Create1World’ creative activism conference in Auckland and entered its competition, winning the social studies category for their project about homelessness. The students slept outside...... Read More

Scouting success

Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Scout Group members Hamish Ferguson, Jade Tornquist and Eliana-Rose Kerrigan were presented their ‘Chief Scout’ awards by retired Scout leader Tony Hargreaves JP, at a ceremony in Kaiwaka. “Chief Scout is a difficult...... Read More